Moroccan Snake Charming

A Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State* allowed me to spend a year studying snake charming in Morocco. I delved into the history of Moroccan snake charming and also spent time regularly interacting with snake charmers in an area of Marrakesh famous for its entertainers. Dr. Tahar Slimani of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics laboratory at Cadi Ayyad University advised my project.

Snake Charmers, Morocco, Tangiers, late 1800s. Photo by Tancrède Dumas (public domain).
Snake Charmers, Morocco, Tangiers, late 1800s. Photo by Tancrède Dumas, public domain.

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